DR. ISAAC HIESTER, a distinguished physician for nearly fifty years at Reading, was the grandfather of Isaac Hiester, Esq. He was born in Bern township, near the Bern Church, about eight miles form Reading, June 22, 1785. He was given a thorough education at the University of Pennsylvania for the practice of medicine, and after serving as an attending physician in the Pennsylvania Hospital at Philadelphia for five years, located at Reading, where he practised his profession in a most successful manner until his death in 1855. During his practice he prepared a number of articles on medical subjects which received much favorable comment. Dr. Hiester manifested great interest in local affairs, whether of a medical or of a financial, industrial, literary and scientific nature, and his superior character exerted a powerful influence in the successful development of Reading during its really formative period for forty years from the close of our war with England (1812 to 1815). When the Berks County Medical Society was organized in 1824, he was chosen its first president, and upon assuming the duties of the office, delivered a most interesting address.In 1810, Dr. Hiester was married to Esther Muhlenberg (daughter of Gen. Peter Muhlenberg, who distinguished himself by patriotic service during the Revolution), and they had four children: William M. (above); Peter M.; Anna M. (m. Hon. J. Pringle Jones, judge of Berks county from 1851 to 1861); and Frank M.
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Esther Muhlenberg Hiester